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Oct 5, 2003, 10:57 AM
 
Check out these OS X themes for S/E T610

http://www.myt610.net/showsub.php?id=2&page=2
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For those of use who use SMS all the time, the addressbook and bluetooth has a great trick. Click on the addressbook's bluetooth sign and you are ready to receive and send SMS directly on your Mac!

All SMS messages that come in to your phone pops right up and you can reply instantly through the computer rather than the tiny keyboard. Its just great design by Apple.

By the way, I paired my SE T610 and SE P800 with the new AL 1.25 PB and would not use anything else now. The Motos are just not there in terms of smoothness of function and synching with the Mac. Funny, even though both the Moto and SE phones are made in China today, the SE phones seem to have a much better quality finish than the Moto.
     
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Originally posted by beijinger:
For those of use who use SMS all the time, the addressbook and bluetooth has a great trick. Click on the addressbook's bluetooth sign and you are ready to receive and send SMS directly on your Mac!

All SMS messages that come in to your phone pops right up and you can reply instantly through the computer rather than the tiny keyboard. Its just great design by Apple...
Yes! I just stumbled upon this feature the other day. It is really cool. I don't send SMS that often, however, I can certainly see how this would be a terrific option for those that do.

By the way, I'm using a Siemens S56 and just love this phone. The Bluetooth capabilities have been flawless with this phone.
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Oct 6, 2003, 09:15 AM
 
Originally posted by Dougmc:
Yes! I just stumbled upon this feature the other day. It is really cool. I don't send SMS that often, however, I can certainly see how this would be a terrific option for those that do.

By the way, I'm using a Siemens S56 and just love this phone. The Bluetooth capabilities have been flawless with this phone.
Really terrific, right?

i get SMS messages from colleagues and associates all over Europe and Asia. Much cheaper than calling and leaves a record of dates, amounts etc. They are shocked at how quickly I reply to them as they must use the numbers keypad to slowly enter. Even with T9 input method its a pain.
     
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Oct 7, 2003, 04:00 AM
 
Originally posted by tritonus:
That's interesting...

Are V60 and V60i rather "old" models? I didn't find them on the sonyericsson web page, so the T610 seemed to be the best match :-)
Yeah, V60 came out two years ago or so. V60i came out last year (1.5yrs). So yeah they are older. No bluetooth or anything like that.

But in terms of finish, I think it matches the new Aluminium models the best.
     
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Oct 7, 2003, 05:01 AM
 
T616/10, or T39m.

i have a T39m and it's an awesome phone, a classic and i love it.
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Oct 7, 2003, 05:45 AM
 
There can be only one ultimate Powerbook accessory:

     
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Oct 7, 2003, 08:08 AM
 
Originally posted by beijinger:
Really terrific, right?

i get SMS messages from colleagues and associates all over Europe and Asia. Much cheaper than calling and leaves a record of dates, amounts etc. They are shocked at how quickly I reply to them as they must use the numbers keypad to slowly enter. Even with T9 input method its a pain.
Try texting a 13 year old girl in the UK. They can all type at about 60 wpm on a phone keypad - it's insane!

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Oct 7, 2003, 12:46 PM
 
Originally posted by RooneyX:
There can be only one ultimate Powerbook accessory:
How about this one:



Just bought one for my girlfriend.
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Sorry, but a cool minivan is an oxymoron in my book!
     
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Siemens S55
     
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Oct 7, 2003, 02:25 PM
 
Originally posted by tritonus:
sealed*? Now I'm completely losing you...

Diä Klappdinger sind eifach wüescht, find i. Ebe usser bi Raumschiff Enterprise.

Aber no minder sind die Nokia-Chindergarte-Schpilzüg... Obwohl i jetzt dä Zämehang mit de Klingone nöd cha herschtellä.

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Actually, it was none other than Scott Kelby, the famous Photoshop guru, who wrote in Macintosh: The Naked Truth that one difference between Mac people and PC people is that "real" Mac people like "Star Trek."
[/trivial-discussion-mode]

I am thrilled with the style of the Sony Ericsson Z600! It looks just like a "Star Trek" communicator!

[theatrical-mode]
(begin-Star-Trek-scene)

Captain Kirk: [chirping sound] Kirk to Enterprise!

(end-Star-Trek-scene)
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FYI, there is a petition being circled to save the Sony Ericsson T608.

There is also a discussion on Mobile Tracker Boards about the fate of this phone.

There are also six photos of this phone from various angles in another short article at Unofficial Club Sony Ericsson.

Personally, though, I would rather opt for a phone with a built-in camera so that I can use it to help sell items on eBay®. But those who want the phone can sign the petition to help try to save it.

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Originally posted by Naz:
Justin I was just reading about it looks like it might have been cancelled...



such a shame I wanted one. Maybe it will still come out?


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can I use bluetooth to connect to the internet with a 'pay as you go' bt phone? I can't afford a contract phone.
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Originally posted by pantalaimon:
can I use bluetooth to connect to the internet with a 'pay as you go' bt phone? I can't afford a contract phone.
Yes. But you must first have monkeys fly out of your butt by standing on your toes and screaming abracapocus three times backwards.



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Originally posted by DekuDekuplex:
FYI, there is a petition being circled to save the Sony Ericsson T608.

There is also a discussion on Mobile Tracker Boards about the fate of this phone.

There are also six photos of this phone from various angles in another short article at Unofficial Club Sony Ericsson.

Personally, though, I would rather opt for a phone with a built-in camera so that I can use it to help sell items on eBay®. But those who want the phone can sign the petition to help try to save it.

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The Sony T608 is out and some people already have them. From early reports, the reception may not be that great being an internal antenna and all. Head over to sprintusers.com to read about it.
     
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Originally posted by jerseyfreeze:
Siemens S55
Seems to me Siemens S55 and Sony Ericsson T610 are the favourites so far.
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Oct 8, 2003, 02:31 AM
 
Originally posted by DekuDekuplex:
I am thrilled with the style of the Sony Ericsson Z600! It looks just like a "Star Trek" communicator!
Now I'm interested. Is the Z600 already out? Did you get one already?

It sucks that the new Z600 has the same crappy non-VGA photo camera as the T610. 640 x 480 would be the minimum for decent use.
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Originally posted by SEkker:
Sorry, but a cool minivan is an oxymoron in my book!
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Oct 22, 2003, 11:14 AM
 
Sony Ericsson Z600 matches the 17" PowerBook best!

Proof:

     
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Oct 22, 2003, 11:17 AM
 
I agree, as that is my Z600!

I want to order the silver covers for it to more closely match the Powerbook.
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Originally posted by Macpilot:
I agree, as that is my Z600!
I want to order the silver covers for it to more closely match the Powerbook.
I bought my Z600 yesterday! I also want the silver cover! Do you when it will be released?

     
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Oct 22, 2003, 11:36 AM
 
Originally posted by Macpilot:
I want to order the silver covers for it to more closely match the Powerbook.
You guys are seriously obsessed
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I am affraid you are right!
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Oct 22, 2003, 12:49 PM
 
I have the graphite shell for my Sony Ericsson T68i and it looks great with my TiBook. (don't like the ice blue model).

The new, updated T610 (I think it'll be called T620) is completly metal colored, very nice looking.
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Looks like it will be called the T630. Looks nice.

www.sonyericsson.com/t630/
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Originally posted by Macpilot:
Looks like it will be called the T630. Looks nice.

www.sonyericsson.com/t630/
Ooohhhh... nice! But the Z600 still looks somewhat more AI-bookish.
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Oct 23, 2003, 05:58 PM
 
Currently I have Sprint. I've tried T-mobile but coverage sucked here. I really like all of the phones available for the GSM networks though.

I'm just wondering if all of these GSM phones, as long as I get an 'unlocked' one, work on most/all GSM networks such as AT&T and T-mobile?
     
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Originally posted by tritonus:
Now I'm interested. Is the Z600 already out? Did you get one already?
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Yes, it's out. Check on c|net for availability and pricing.

No, I haven't purchased one yet. But I may someday.

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R520m from Sony-Ericsson. It was a Europe-only model and didn't come bundled with any US phone plans. Now it can be bought from electronics stores for less than US $90.
  • Perfect color match
  • No camera or silly game-boy sized video screen that sucks battery life
  • ENORMOUS battery life
  • One of the original bluetooth models. Can be used with iSync/Romeo/wireless headsets
  • Tons of features that are typically only found on those huge, cumbersome "big screen" phones (BT, infrared, SMS, WAP, speakerphone, etc)
  • Beautiful and classy "cool blue" backlighting.

I bought a new (admittedly unsightly) BHC-10 high capacity battery for $14 off eBay which specs to 25hrs talk time and 715hrs (yes, that's 30 days) standby. I keep mine off at night and for a good part of each day ... and I have to recharge it about once per month with about 8-10 hrs yapping per month. Simple, clean, imminently functional ... just like your powerbook
     
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Just got the new P900, just fantastic! It synchs perfectly with my 1.33, 17 incher. Just sold my T610, which also worked well with the PB.
     
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Originally posted by Macpilot:
Looks like it will be called the T630. Looks nice.

www.sonyericsson.com/t630/
Looks more iBookish than 17inchPowerbookish
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Originally posted by Macpilot:
Looks like it will be called the T630. Looks nice.

www.sonyericsson.com/t630/
Yeah, I must agree w/ MrForgetable that it does look more iBook than PowerBook.
     
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Originally posted by ae86_16v:
Yeah, I must agree w/ MrForgetable that it does look more iBook than PowerBook.
Yeah, I see what you mean. The keypad on that 630 looks kinda cheap, but maybe it is nicer in person.

I am really diggin my Z600. What I am most impressed with is the build quality and materials. HUGE improvement over all previous SE phones I have seen.

Now I am just wondering what is the deal with firmware. How do you check what firmware you have and if you need to update it. The SE site says nothing about this.
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Originally posted by ae86_16v:
Yeah, I must agree w/ MrForgetable that it does look more iBook than PowerBook.
Yup... Its very iBookish...
     
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Originally posted by Krusty:


R520m from Sony-Ericsson. It was a Europe-only model and didn't come bundled with any US phone plans. Now it can be bought from electronics stores for less than US $90.
  • Perfect color match
  • No camera or silly game-boy sized video screen that sucks battery life
  • ENORMOUS battery life
  • One of the original bluetooth models. Can be used with iSync/Romeo/wireless headsets
  • Tons of features that are typically only found on those huge, cumbersome "big screen" phones (BT, infrared, SMS, WAP, speakerphone, etc)
  • Beautiful and classy "cool blue" backlighting.

I bought a new (admittedly unsightly) BHC-10 high capacity battery for $14 off eBay which specs to 25hrs talk time and 715hrs (yes, that's 30 days) standby. I keep mine off at night and for a good part of each day ... and I have to recharge it about once per month with about 8-10 hrs yapping per month. Simple, clean, imminently functional ... just like your powerbook
I don't know about your taste, but to me at least, this phone seems far too bulky. I teach English to Japanese and Korean students in Manhattan, and both groups are constantly making fun of this kind of phones for being too oversized.

They like to show me a phone that fits, in its entirety, in the palm of a small hand, and can easily be dialed using only one hand.

Also, personally (and this is also a matter of taste), I prefer multi-function color screen cellular phones. I also wouldn't purchase it unless it were equipped with mMode technology (AT&T's counterpart to NTT-DoCoMo's i-mode), or some similar entertainment-related ability.

How about the Sony Ericsson Z600 in Space Silver and Cosmo Black color? It has most of the features that I'd like in a phone, and it eminently matches the PowerBook:



Features
  • 128x160 pixel display
  • Alarm clock
  • Backlight display
  • Bluetooth™ wireless technology
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Call list
  • Camera integrated
  • Clock
  • Color LCD 65,536
  • Contacts
  • Content Online
  • E-mail
  • EMS (Enhanced Messaging)
  • GPRS
  • Games Download
  • Games Embedded
  • Icon Desktop 12
  • Infrared port
  • Internet key
  • Java
  • Joystick
  • Keypad lock
  • MMS (Multimedia Messaging)
  • MMS templates
  • Melody composer/MIDI (Music DJ)
  • Memory dynamic
  • Menu shortcuts
  • Mobile chat
  • Modem
  • OTA settings
  • Option key
  • PIM Sync
  • Phone book
  • Picture Phonebook
  • Picture editor
  • Picture effects
  • Picture gallery
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Polyphonic Sound 32 voices
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Predictive text input
  • Profiles
  • QuickShare™
  • RS232 cable support
  • Redial
  • SIM card lock
  • SMS (Text Messaging)
  • SMS long (Text Messaging)
  • Screensaver
  • Selection keys
  • Sleep mode
  • Sound recorder
  • Speed dialing
  • Start-up/Shutdown shows
  • Status view
  • Stopwatch
  • Style-Up™ Covers
  • Sync ML
  • Synchronization Apple®
  • Synchronization PC
  • Tasks
  • Themes display
  • Timer
  • USB support
  • Vibrating Alert
  • Viewfinder display
  • Voice control
  • WAP 2.0
  • WTLS

Network features
  • Conference calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Business card exchange
  • Code memo

Network
  • GSM 1900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 900

Available colors
  • Coral and Silky Red
  • Metallic Mesh and Aluminium Green
  • Rainbow Stripe and Electric Blue
  • Space Silver and Cosmo Black

Visit their Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Web site and enter "Z600" into the search field in the lower right-hand corner for details.

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Nov 16, 2003, 11:44 PM
 
On the topic of the Z600.....what price did the current owners pay? Just curious. I'm in the market for a new phone now and the Z600 does, indeed, seem to match the 17" best (plus I need BlueTooth).
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Originally posted by William_F_House:
On the topic of the Z600.....what price did the current owners pay? Just curious. I'm in the market for a new phone now and the Z600 does, indeed, seem to match the 17" best (plus I need BlueTooth).
I paid $465 on ebay and that is what most stores are charging for it.
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I have sprint and when I get my 17" powerbook for xmas (WOOHOO) I would like to upgrade my phone to one that I can use it to dial out to a ISP so I can get the internet on my powerbook. Which phone will allow me to do that? I like the T608. Anyone have any experience with the 3G ??? phones? (p.s. I don't know what the 3g is)
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The lowest I can find on eBay seems to be $395 (new, sealed box, unlocked). I guess I'm wondering what justifies $400 for a phone when a PDA type phone (Blackberry, Treo, P900) can be had for that kind of price.

Are people simply paying this amount because of style? Or am I missing some major aspect/feature of the phone?

And for those that have them, are they working well with iSync?

Originally posted by Macpilot:
I paid $465 on ebay and that is what most stores are charging for it.
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Originally posted by William_F_House:
The lowest I can find on eBay seems to be $395 (new, sealed box, unlocked). I guess I'm wondering what justifies $400 for a phone when a PDA type phone (Blackberry, Treo, P900) can be had for that kind of price.

Are people simply paying this amount because of style? Or am I missing some major aspect/feature of the phone?

And for those that have them, are they working well with iSync?
Well, I REALLY wanted this phone. Design and features were the big selling points, as well as the reviews on mobileburn and infosync that this was the SE phone finally worth waiting for. They have fixed all the issues people had with the t68 and t610.

By the time the carriers like ATT and TMobile actually carry this phone in their stores, it will be months later and they will still probably charge around $300 for it. To me, it was worth getting it now for a little more money.

As far as iSync, it works perfectly. There were no other nice bluetooth GSM phones out there that would work with iSync.
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Originally posted by Naz:
Justin I was just reading about it looks like it might have been cancelled...



such a shame I wanted one. Maybe it will still come out?


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According to SprintPCS, the only way to purchase the phone is by calling 1-866-pcs auto. I believe its 866, might be 888. I got this information by digging around and contacted a PR at Sprint. Hope this helps.
     
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Feb 20, 2004, 06:38 AM
 
Originally posted by MattiMattMatt:


SE T610:

SE T608 and Z 600:

Nokia 3650:

Motorola V600:


TIA, MattiMattMatt
The T610, z600, Nokia 3650, and Motorola v600 are all GSM phones. T-Mobile, Cingular, and AT&T Wireless (soon to be cingular as well), can handle them.

The T608 was originally intended for Sprint, but it was canceled.

There are currently no Bluetooth-capable CDMA phones, though, as previously mentioned, the Sprint Treo 600 can be outfitted with a Bluetooth SDIO card.

I've actually got a Sony Ericsson z600, and it works REALLY well. iSync works great, and I can access the internet over bluetooth.

It cost (without service activation) about 400 bucks from http://www.just-talk.com/. I'm using it on the T-Mobile network in San Jose, CA, and I don't really have any problems with reception.

(To answer the original question,) If you want a nice (insanely small) phone that matches all those features, go for the Sony Ericsson T68i. It's got bluetooth, supports iSync, has a nice white and shiny-blue design, and should be cheap, now that it's been replaced by the T610.

I personally wouldn't get the T610. It's got an absolutely horrible screen (impossible to view in sunlight, but the z600 has a Thin film diode display, which isn't bad) and the reception isn't that great. Also, the Nokia 3650 is absolutely huge, has the weird circular keypad (which is harder to use than it looks), and the Symbian OS that powers it isn't spectacular.

Wouldn't know anything about the motorola phones.

so yeah. if you didn't bother to read all that, you suck =P

but if you did, cool =D
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Is it true that you can use a bluetooth phone like the Sony Erricson T610, which I have , and use it as a remote for itunes and controling DVD's? and when some one calls you it will pause the film and once you hang up the DVD will start playing again?
     
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Feb 25, 2004, 06:32 AM
 
Originally posted by DekuDekuplex:
How about the Sony Ericsson Z600 in Space Silver and Cosmo Black color? It has most of the features that I'd like in a phone, and it eminently matches the PowerBook:

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Available colors
  • Coral and Silky Red
  • Metallic Mesh and Aluminium Green
  • Rainbow Stripe and Electric Blue
  • Space Silver and Cosmo Black
I'm thinking about getting one of these myself from Just-Talk, maybe with a T-Mobile service plan (that way it's only $245 for the phone), but where can I find these Style-Up™ Covers? And what color/colors does the phone come with? Is it random? Or red (like in the picture)?
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